Aug 01 2005

Al Qaeda Wiped From Internet

Published by at 8:39 am under All General Discussions,Bin Laden/GWOT

Well this is good news. I know there will be those free speech absolutists out there that disagree, but having Al Qaeda sites wiped from the internet makes it harder for them to coordinate distributed attacks without devices or systems that are more easily tracked to individuals.

Over the past fortnight Israeli intelligence agents have noticed something distinctly odd happening on the internet. One by one, Al-Qaeda’s affiliated websites have vanished until only a handful remain, write Uzi Mahnaimi and Alex Pell.
Someone has cut the line of communication between the spiritual leaders of international terrorism and their supporters. Since 9/11 the websites have been the main links to disseminate propaganda and information.

The Israelis detect the hand of British intelligence, determined to torpedo the websites after the London attacks of July 7.

The web has become the new battleground of terrorism, permitting a freedom of communication denied to such organisations as the IRA a couple of decades ago.

One global jihad site terminated recently was an inflammatory Pakistani site,, in which a section entitled How to Strike a European City gave full technical instructions. Tens of similar sites, some offering detailed information on how to build and use biological weapons, have also been shut down. However, Islamic sites believed to be “moderate”, remain.

One belongs to the London-based Syrian cleric Abu Basir al-Tartusi, whose remained operative after he condemned the London bombings.

It is stunning some of these sites remain. When was it we went from a country who supposed international assinations of dangerous people (what do you think James Bond does for a living) to being concerned about the websites of terrorists? I hope they were up to try and track down the terrorists and it was simply decided their utility was not worth the risk.

Government-sponsored monitoring systems, such as Echelon, can track vast amounts of data but have so far proved of minimal benefit in preventing, or even warning, of attacks. And such systems are vulnerable to manipulation: low-ranking volunteers in terrorist organisations can create background chatter that ties up resources and maintains a threshold of anxiety. There are many tricks of the trade that give terrorists secure digital communication and leave no trace on the host computer.

Of course, having the media broadcast ‘tricks of the trade’ which make our job harder is not much of a help either

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